Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (DIFC) is pleased to invite you on Monday, April 30 at 7pm to the opening preview of ‘It’s No Longer About Me’, a solo show of Syrian artist, Mohannad Orabi. Featuring a new body of work by the rising painter, the forthcoming exhibition will present a shift in the artist’s subject matter and display an evident progression in stylistic rendering and a maturing of technique.
Diverging from his trademark playful, infantile subjects with deeply cavernous almond-shaped eyes that seem to float within the confines of the canvas, his new works are less gestural and less sharply delineated by shape. Where once empty ocular cavities stared hauntingly, glimmering irises now pierce the viewer. The heavy emphasis of his previous series on movement created by a multitude of scratched lines and the emphasis on boldly dripping color, though not lost in his new works, is now secondary. What is primarily relevant in his new body of work is the awareness of the individual. When questioned as to why he had not produced works in response to the Arab Spring, Orabi replied that his series does in fact reference the present situation in Syria. His characters are now forced to open their eyes to the events unfolding around them. They are no longer able to shut themselves away from this reality.
Born in Damascus in 1977, Orabi graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2000. Noteworthy among a dynamic generation of young Syrian artists, he has exhibited frequently at home and abroad in venues across the region and has participated in collective shows and festivals in North America, Europe and Asia, most notably at Art Hong Kong in 2009, where his oversized canvases impressed international viewers. Through widely acclaimed solo exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery’s Beirut, Damascus, and Dubai spaces and several successful sales with Ayyam Auctions, Mohannad Orabi has quickly become a favorite among collectors.
The DIFC space is located at the Gate Village, Building 3. Please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +9714 4392395. You can also visit http://tinyurl.com/bpj3e5d
Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
Repeats: Every Day until Saturday, June 16, 2012
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